car·​bo·​nara ˌkär-bə-ˈnär-ə How to pronounce carbonara (audio)
: a dish of hot pasta into which other ingredients (such as eggs, bacon or ham, and grated cheese) have been mixed
often used as a postpositive modifier
spaghetti carbonara

Examples of carbonara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 25 Essential Italian Pasta Dishes: Two chefs, one cookbook author, a culinary historian and a food writer made a list of the country’s most delicious meals, from carbonara in Rome to ravioli in Campania. Colleen Hamilton, New York Times, 4 June 2024 The same goes for pasta sauces: alfredo, marsala, puttanesca, carbonara ... Samantha Dimauro, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2024 Teatro’s weekly brunch menu includes entrees such as a spaghetti carbonara frittata, Caprese or Caesar salads, avocado toast, pastas and sandwiches. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 May 2024 The entrée was potato gnocchi with roasted carrots, shredded chicken and a carbonara sauce. Steve Metsch, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2024 Guests can order food and drinks — everything from tiger prawn Thai salad and carbonara pasta to Champagne and inventive mocktails. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2024 Eating from a big serving bowl in bed with your partner might not be everyone’s idea of romance, but carbonara is always sure to impress your sweetheart. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 The addition of eggs and crispy bacon almost makes this dish a baked carbonara. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 This is carbonara for the clumsy, the impatient and the greedy. Eric Kim, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Italian dialect (alla) carbonara, literally, in the manner of a charcoal maker

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of carbonara was in 1962

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“Carbonara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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